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Man charged with sexual molestation

February 22, 2001

Man charged with sexual molestation



A Rocky Ridge, Md., man was charged last week with sexually molesting the 9-year-old daughter of his live-in girlfriend, according to Maryland State Police.

The man, 26, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim, was released from the Washington County Detention Center after posting $20,000 bond, according to jail personnel.

Trooper 1st Class Mike Kretzer was contacted by a representative of Child Protective Services on Jan. 3 to report an allegation of sexual child abuse.

The child was interviewed and she repeated what she had told her grandmother earlier about several incidents in which she had been touched inappropriately, court records alleged.

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Some of the encounters were outside her clothing while others were under her clothing, court records said. The child said she didn't say anything about the touching because the accused had warned her that he would hurt the family if she did, court records alleged.

The child said the incidents occurred between October and December 2000.

Charges include third- and fourth-degree sex offenses, second-degree assault and child abuse.

- Marlo Barnhart

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